synopsisA twentysomething Manhattanite narrates her daily struggles with body image and self-esteem as she journeys towards finding self-acceptance in a superficial world.
the road to imagineA long time ago in a Borough far, far away, IMAGinE writer and star Meghan Lane first proposed to filmmaker Justin “Frabby” Frabisile a collaboration between like-minded creatives, united by their passion to tell a timely, relatable, yet personal story. With the help of visual artist Ash Showler, the trio produced an admittedly bumpy first project called Retrograde. Throughout the process they forged a deeply creative and personal bond, serving as an indicator that this freshly minted cinematic alliance was ready to tackle something more ambitious.
Described as an extremely personal confession to herself, Meghan pitched Ash a story entitled “It Starts With You.” Coming from the world of neuroscience via MIT’s Howard Hughes Brain Research Center and NYU Langone’s Emotional Brain Institute, Ash felt deeply about using her scientific background and research into art therapy to make her directorial debut and develop this story of an everygirl’s struggle with her existential inner voice. After a period of rewrites and much preparation, the newly retitled screenplay IMAGinE was ready to shoot.
To execute the team’s vision, additional crew members were recruited. Filmmaker Nick Rumaczyk boarded the project through social circles, lending his extensive experience to the film’s sound. Learning about the film through Instagram and feeling moved by its subject matter, producer Nicole Fornario reached out to her high school friend Meghan and joined the project with her female-led distribution label E. Californica Pictures.
What started out as a coffee date between old friends led to a multi-talented partnership that surpassed expectation. The film was built upon the dedication of talented individuals in the Greater New York City film community.
cast & crewstarring…………. MEGHAN LANE
also-starring…………. YESSI HERNÁNDEZ
directed by…………. ASH SHOWLER
written by…………. MEGHAN LANE
produced by …………. MEGHAN LANE ASH SHOWLER
executive producer…………. JUSTIN FRABASILE
executive producer…………. NICOLE FORNARIO
aFALL RISK ART/JUSTIN FRABBY MEDIAproduction
anE. CALIFORNICA PICTURESrelease